We hope that you are doing well and are experiencing or preparing for a safe and positive return to the classroom with your students. We want you to know that we value you, we see you, and we are here to support you. There are a few awesome workshops and offerings we want to make sure you are aware of and have the opportunity to participate in, should you choose to do so.
OEA Sponsored Book Groups for BIPOC Participants ONLY
- Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School: A 6-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Diane Hicks to discuss the book by Mica Pollock. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 19-May 28, 2021, live sessions on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
- My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: A 7-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Paula Dennis to discuss this book by Resmaa Menakem. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 12-May 28, 2021. Live discussions on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
Get reimbursed for your TSPC Licensure Fees!
The Oregon Legislature, through the Student Success Act, has authorized TSPC to mitigate costs associated with TSPC licensure and assessments for racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse teacher and administrator candidates. If you have incurred an initial license or renewal expense (for example, fees paid in eLicensing to TSPC, fees paid to complete an ORELA or Praxis test) between the fiscal year of July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, you may qualify for repayment. You can find further information regarding qualifications for the program, what is eligible for reimbursement, and application forms here: TSPC : Diversity License Expense Reimbursements : Financial Assistance
NEW NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR BIPOC AND EARLY EDUCATORS
National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.
Under a new grant, there are funds allocated specifically to support BIPOC and early career educators in Oregon in obtaining their certification.
If you are interested in learning more about why National Board Certification is referred to as the best professional development you will ever take and the "gold standard" for teaching, consider registering for one of the upcoming information sessions on April 7th and April 8th.
In addition to these opportunities for Educators fo Color only, please see our website for more upcoming events and opportunities, open to all members, including:
A VIRTUAL VISIT WITH DR. BETTINA LOVE, AUTHOR OF WE WANT TO DO MORE THAN SURVIVE.
Jacque Dixon and Nedra Miller, PAT Racial Equity Committee Co-Chairs
Portland Association of Teachers
April 14, 2021 from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free and open to the public. Register Here
A virtual visit with Dr. Bettina Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive.
***NEW DATE, May 12, 2021*** NOW OPEN TO PPS STAFF FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS. Register HERE.
"While the transition to hybrid is necessarily occupying our time and energy, this Virtual Site Visit with Dr. Love is an opportunity to breathe and ground ourselves in why we do this work: to ensure that all students, especially our underserved students, are provided an education that recognizes and values their unique attributes and sets the conditions for them to thrive in our schools and beyond.
This is also a critically important opportunity to cultivate culturally sustaining instructional practices, which is a key component of our High School Success Plan, Educator Essentials, and RESJ professional development goals."
BIPOC PAT Members: You are invited to join the following Virtual Book Studies, sponsored by OEA, and led by BIPOC OEA members. Please sign up at the links below!
Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School: A 6-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Diane Hicks to discuss the book by Mica Pollock. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 19-May 28, 2021, live sessions on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: A 7-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Paula Dennis to discuss this book by Resmaa Menakem. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 12-May 28, 2021. Live discussions on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
National Board Certification Information Sessions for BIPOC and Early Career OEA members!
- BIPOC Information Session Wednesday, April 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
- ECE Information Session Thursday, April 8, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what was involved in pursuing National Board Certification, why you might want to do it at all, what supports are out there to help you to successfully complete it and where the money is going to come from? OEA members who are either BIPOC or early career (3-5 years) now have an opportunity to have most of the costs paid for through an NEA grant, get a Jump Start in the process, as well as on-going support and 1-1 coaching! Participate in either of these online information sessions to find out more. Get answers to your specific questions from Oregon National Board Teachers helping to lead this work!
The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 18, 2021 school board election.
Herman Greene, in Zone 4, is a long time resident and advocate in North Portland. He has strong ties to the Roosevelt community and supports public education. He works as Senior Pastor at the Abundant Life PDX Church.
Gary Hollands, in Zone 5, is a PPS alumnus and parent. He has deep ties to the North/Northeast Portland community as a business owner and an Executive Director of the Albina Sports Program. He has previously served on the MESD Board and founded Interstate Trucking Academy.
Zone 6--No Recommendation
In this race, incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards is running against newcomers Max Margolis and Libby Glynn. Your PAT PAC board did not feel we could endorse any of these candidates. We remain concerned about the influence of large multinational corporations on Julia Brim-Edwards’ decisions as a School Board director. Max Margolis and Libby Glynn, both strong parent activists, have a good understanding of the problems of the school system, but do not yet have the experience needed to manage a city-wide campaign. Therefore, we are not able to make an endorsement in this race.
We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our schools, and better support our students and families.
The PAT PAC endorsement panel consisted of 9 educators along with OEA staff. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.
Learn more about the PAT PAC here.
PAT PAC is funded entirely through member contributions, not through dues dollars. Get involved and support great candidates like these: Donate to the PAT PAC here.
Are you a mid-career educator looking to check-in and get more information on retirement planning? As a benefit to our active members, Portland Association of Teachers is excited to host another Financial Planning Seminar.
We hope to see you there.
Portland Association of Teachers
Join OEA member leaders of all levels of experience from across the state for an ongoing series of learning leadership opportunities. All courses are presented by OEA staff on Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. Register HERE
- March 31, The Power of First Impressions: Learn best practices in engaging with members for the first time, and hone skills for presenting or leading a meeting in front of a group.
- April 14, Internal Relational Organizing: Understand the process of relationship building and its role in organizing and mobilizing members to take action.
- April 28, Identifying Organizing Issues: Members aren't apathetic! Learn how to ask the right questions and take action in a meaningful way.
- May 12, Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution: Identify how you behave during conflict and recognize conflict styles in others. Use this knowledge to analyze and understand conflict resolution strategies.
- May 26, Listening, Asking Questions, and the Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving: An experienced leader knows how to listen deeply, asks open-ended questions, and uses problem solving strategies that ensure all voices are heard.
- June 2, Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator: Learn actionable strategies to stand up for your students and colleagues, and advocate for equitable outcomes for all!
Recruiting, supporting, and retaining educators of color is crucial, for our students and for our profession. Starting this spring, we are excited to award two scholarships to Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) seeking a rewarding future career in education.
- One $6,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Portland Public Schools graduating senior who plans on enrolling in a college or university program to begin their journey towards becoming an educator.
- One $6,000 scholarship to a Portland Public Schools employee (not PAT eligible) currently enrolled in a university program to become a certified educator. Any classified or non-represented employees, such as bus drivers, para-educators, community agents, custodians and nutrition services workers are eligible to apply.
Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 23rd, 2021. Please see the links below to download an application and find instructions to apply.
Please contact [email protected] with questions about the application process.
March 31, 5:00–6:15 pm
Brown v Board of Education and the Backlash to Public Education
Gordon Lafer, Phd., LERC; Dr. Lorretta Johnson, Former AFT Secretary Treasurer; and Sherman Henry, LERC
Public interest in equitable education has been a lifetime challenge for public education. We will explore how Brown v. Board of Education has been undermined through various corporate privatization strategies like charter schools models. These charter schools models have drained funding away from taxpayers and have not produced promised outcomes from students. Sign-up here
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